Former prosecutor accused of lying on tax return

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 6:03 AM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas prosecutor already under indictment on racketeering charges faces a new charge of understating earnings on his tax return.

A federal grand jury in Brownsville returned a new indictment Monday against former Cameron County district attorney Armando Villalobos. It accuses him of intentionally understated his and his wife's gross income on their 2006 return by about $155,625. It also says Villalobos omitted certain taxable referral fee payments resulting in a tax loss to the government of about $45,981.

His attorney, Joel Androphy, said Monday the new indictment is factually and legally incorrect but declined to elaborate. Villalobos is scheduled for arraignment on the new perjury charge Jan. 16.

Villalobos is among a dozen people swept up in a federal investigation of former state district Judge Abel Limas.

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